Five FST undergrads are a team of finalists in the 2019 Ocean Spray Product Development competition.
Melvinna Tania, Olga Lawrence, Mary-Ann Chen, Tonya Xie, and Bryan Magaline have created the product, called Cranwich, which consists of bite-sized cookies, naturally flavored and dyed pink with cranberry concentrate. The cookies sandwich a filling made from real whole cranberries, chia seeds, and agave nectar.
Mary-Ann Chen says, "It is a healthy snack that provides kids with fiber, vitamin C, poly/monounsaturated fats, and antioxidants, and it can be easily enjoyed on-the-go or packed into kids' lunches. Our goal was to develop a children's snack that would appeal to kids and Millennial mothers through its nutritional profile, convenience, and taste; we originally were inspired by a type of jam-filled Indonesian pastry but then modified our recipe to reduce fat content, incorporate healthy ingredients that are popular with Millennials, and adopt a familiar shape and fun color that would appeal more to kids."
The final stage of the competition will take place June 10, 2019 at the Ocean Spray corporate headquarters in Lakeville, MA. Best of luck to the UC Davis team!